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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-22-2017, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie Tube Question

The AT is the first motorcycle I've had with tube tires and I have a couple of questions.

I want to get a spare front and rear tube, what are some good options?


Thanks and I'll try to keep the newbie questions to a minimum.

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My experience is that the stock tubes are really thin and should be replaced. Normal or heavy duty tubes will work depending on your preference.
If you are planning on carrying one or more tubes with you on trips, I recommend getting a normal thickness tube which takes up less room than a heavy duty tube and is also easier to install in the wild.
Typically, a front tube can be used in the back tire as well in an emergency, so that is the one to carry if you are only carrying one.
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There are many options for the front, as it's a common size. The rear size is difficult to find. Michelin makes an Ultra HD tube that fits, but it's too big and heavy to carry as a spare. Fine for keeping in the garage and using next time you change out your tires. Pirelli and Metzeler both make a normal duty tube in size listed as 140/80-18 that will fit fine (i've a metzeler in rear now). Not cheap, at around $30, compared to ~$15 for a common size. The Dunlop oem tube is back-ordered throughout the entire US.
I would not use front tube in the rear of this bike. It works in many dirt bikes, but they have a thinner rear. Besides, changing out a tube (especially the rear) is pain in the arse as it is - why make yourself do it twice? - once on the road, then again when you get home to put a proper rear tube in? Just carry a proper front and rear tube.
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Thanks for the replies and the knowledge, tubes are a whole new learning experience for me!

What is the numeric size of the rear tube? I know the front tube is a 2.75/3.00-21, but Honda doesn't list the size for the rear on the OEM part fiche.

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Here is what I' m running and have over 4000 miles on them so far with no problems.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...avy-duty-tubes

front- 2.75/3.00-21 - $18.95
rear- 4.00/5.10-18 - $19.95
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Thanks a million!
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rear- 4.00/5.10-18 - $19.95
That seems a little narrow...for a 150/70 tire wouldn't you be looking for something more like 5.5-6.0?
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That seems a little narrow...for a 150/70 tire wouldn't you be looking for something more like 5.5-6.0?

I'm no expert and you may be right but when I needed tubes this is what people were recommending.
I dont think Ive see any 5.5 - 6.0.
Rugged roads sell these for the AT.

http://ruggedroads.co.uk/epages/00cb...9-006.MICHELIN

http://ruggedroads.co.uk/epages/00cb...69-006.PIRELLI
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I'm no expert and you may be right but when I needed tubes this is what people were recommending.
I dont think Ive see any 5.5 - 6.0.
Rugged roads sell these for the AT.

http://ruggedroads.co.uk/epages/00cb...9-006.MICHELIN

http://ruggedroads.co.uk/epages/00cb...69-006.PIRELLI
The Pirelli is what I have used. In the USA, Chaparral and Motorcycle Superstore both carry them, among others.

http://www.chaparral-racing.com/prod...ube/150/70-18-
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For now I picked-up a set of OEM tubes from my local dealer.

Will put some HD tubes in when I wear out the OEM Dunlops
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